Release Date: August 31, 2012 (VOD), October 5, 2012 (limited theatrical) Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Director: Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence Screenwriter: Simon Barrett, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, David Bruckner, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg Starring: Joe Swanberg, Calvin Reeder, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Chad Villella, Tyler Gillett Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
When S-VHS debuted at Sundance this month, it was without a distributor. However, you could have guessed that at some point in the acquisitions game that Magnolia – the company that picked up VHS – would be a key player. I figured it would be a “no duh” situation if the sequel was housed at Magnolia.
So, here we are with a report at Variety saying that Magnolia is closing in on its deal with the S-VHS team. The company will likely emulate its VHS release model from last year, giving the sequel a late summer VOD bow and a fall limited theatrical run. But that’s all unconfirmed.
Before we cut out for the long weekend, let us bring you one more “best of 2012″ list. Today, we share with you Paul Doro’s picks. Again, another writer who has been contributing to Shock for some time and I think you’ll dig the diversity that he brings to his list. Read on! – Ryan Turek, Managing Editor
All week long, ShockTillYouDrop.com’s contributing writers are weighing in their favorite horror films of the year. Today, we continue with Spencer Perry’s picks. What made the cut? Head inside to find out! You’ll also find links to our previous “Best of” lists. As always, feel free to use our comment boards to weigh in with your picks. Just keep it classy.
Look for a “best of 2012″ list from each of Shock’s contributing writers throughout the week!
Optimism has been renewed. Things might be looking up for horror. For the last two years or so, I always frowned at the task of creating a year-end “top 10” list. It got to a point where I felt compelled to par back and draft only a “top five.” This year, however, I break the norm and present eight films. I’m happy to say coming up with top five was all too easy and I really didn’t want to leave three titles behind, so here are my “top eight horror films of 2012.”
Over-all, the year was a mixed bag – as each year in the genre tends to be – although I’m always hopeful that we’ll soon have 12 months where the good far outweighs the bad. Speaking of “bad,” let me take a moment to fire off some of the titles that would have made a “worst of 2012” list had I created a separate article. You ready? The Devil Inside (atrocious, not to mention incomplete), House at the End of the Street (inept), The Woman in Black (generic), The Raven (predictable), Silent Hill: Revelation (boring) and Smiley (nonsensical drivel).
This year proved that the big studios still don’t know quite what to do with the genre, so we get clunky fare like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Dark Shadows, the aforementioned The Raven or The Apparition. Three of the films that made my top six this year were studio release; out of that group one was long-delayed and another was made through a smaller company yet given a wide release. This further reinforces that the studios in the Hollywood system are slightly misguided about the genre and for quality and diversity, horror fans should turn their attention towards the direct-to-DVD or VOD market.
Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Jason Eisener, Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto and Adam Wingard are set to contribute to V/H/S 2, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is a sequel to this year’s anthology found footage flick V/H/S.
Evans, director of The Raid, and Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) are co-writing and co-directing their segments. Wingard, who directed the wraparound segment in V/H/S, will tackle his own story this time. Hobo With a Shotgun’s Eisener will direct a segment and Barrett is making his directorial debut with his own story.
With V/H/S opening this Friday, October 5th, Magnet is offering a special sneak peek at “D is for Dogfight,” a visceral short from another anticipated horror anthology, The ABCs of Death. Directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), “D is for Dogfight” is one of the 26 shorts from 26 international genre filmmakers that comprise the horror anthology, an ambitious film that features a way to meet your maker for every letter of the alphabet.
“D is for Dogfight” – which I considered one of the best of the 26 stories – will be shown before theatrical showings of V/H/S at the following Landmark theaters…
Could the horror genre finally be seeing an anthology horror film resurgence? The format – long thought of a bad news by the Hollywood studio system – is making a comeback with titles like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death. Chiller TV has commissioned an anthology film of its own entitled Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear and THR scored a breakdown of the filmmakers involved.